1. Where were you born and raised; current city; family; hobbies; past business highlights...
I was born in Memphis, TN, but my family relocated to Detroit when I was an infant; thus I have always considered Detroit home. I currently live in “America’s Finest City” - San Diego, CA. I recently celebrated my 33rd wedding anniversary with Gail Kindred. I am a proud father of two and grandfather of two precious babies. I enjoy family time, photography, sports, cooking, and of course TRAVEL! In a previous life, I retired from the San Diego Police Department, and again from the State of California.
2. How have you grown or personally developed since joining PlanNet?
I have always enjoyed working with and helping others. PlanNet has shown me how I can do more than just help a few people - through PlanNet, I can help countless generations. PlanNet has offered me an opportunity to leave an indelible mark on the world. But in order to do that, I have to continue to grow my leadership skills, communication skills, and patience.
3. What drives you; what motivates you?
What motivates me is thinking of the future that I am currently creating for my grandkids and their grandkids. To be that acorn that provides “financial shade” for generations that I will never meet, is what drives me. I have a recurring vision of my great-great grandkids pointing at my portrait on a wall and commenting on how I changed our financial bloodlines by not only saying yes to this opportunity, but working to make it happen. I want my family to experience a life of abundance.
4. Who would you consider a role model and why?
This is a difficult question for me to answer. I have learned a lot from a number of people. I can’t really say I have a role model. However, someone that I greatly admire is Nelson Mandela. His willingness to sacrifice his freedom for a cause greater than himself was truly remarkable. His efforts to end apartheid provided a road map of sorts for the Civil Rights Movement here in the United States.
5. The three words that describe you best are:
Analytical, Trustworthy, and Compassionate
6. If you had some sound advice to give to anyone what would it be?
I would offer that it is most important to be willing to “trade ego for equity.” To do that, you must be coachable. I had to learn to discard my corporate mindset and embrace the system/processes PlanNet has in place, which was hard to do. I guess 33 years in the public sector made me great at thinking like an employee, but not so great at thinking as a business owner. Once you understand the differences and embrace the process, your growth/success will accelerate!
7. What does your life look like five years from now?
Five years from now, the Kindred Dynasty will be firmly entrenched! I will be a Ten-Star Director, my wife will be an Eight-Star Director, my son will be a Ten-Star Director, my daughter-in-love will be an Eight-Star Director. I have cousins and nieces that will have hit the Five-Star Director level. We will have established a number of philanthropic endeavors, to include a multi-state education, entrepreneurial, and sports academy serving underprivileged youth, multi-state senior housing facilities, and a travel program for low income families.